Thursday, April 10, 2014

Change Your Passwords

If you have not heard elsewhere, there is a recently discovered bug in the secure login system used by about two-thirds of websites. This bug has been in existence for around two years, and no one knows whether or not it has been exploited for evil purposes. Many, many sites have patched their code, but those who are more expert than I am are suggesting that we change all of our web passwords.

Here is a link to a site that lists fifteen popular websites whose password system may have been compromised. They suggest you change your passwords right away.

ADDENDUM: Here is another link. This one gives useful pointers on how to (fairly) quickly change lots of passwords.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Outline of March 2014 NCC-Mac Meeting

Announcements
If you're a new attendee, please give us your email address so you'll be able to get meeting announcements. If you're a former Verizon email user, please give us your new address.
Some of Apple's software updated since our last meeting
Run Software Update or visit Apple - Support - Downloads
iOS 7.1
This update contains improvements and bug fixes, including:

CarPlay
iOS experience designed for the car
Simply connect your iPhone to a CarPlay enabled vehicle
Supports Phone, Music, Maps, Messages, and 3rd-party audio apps
Control with Siri and the car's touchscreen, knobs, and buttons
Siri
Manually control when Siri listens by holding down the home button while you speak and releasing it when you're done as an alternative to letting Siri automatically notice when you stop talking
New, more natural sounding male and female voices for Mandarin Chinese, UK English, Australian English, and Japanese
iTunes Radio
Search field above Featured Stations to easily create stations based on your favorite artist or song
Buy albums with the tap of a button from Now Playing
Subscribe to iTunes Match on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to enjoy iTunes Radio ad-free
Calendar
Option to display events in month view
Country specific holidays automatically added for many countries
Accessibility
Bold font option now includes the keyboard, calculator, and many icon glyphs
Reduce Motion option now includes Weather, Messages, and multitasking UI animations
New options to display button shapes, darken app colors, and reduce white point
New Camera setting to automatically enable HDR for iPhone 5s
iCloud Keychain support in additional countries
FaceTime call notifications are automatically cleared when you answer a call on another device
Fixes a bug that could occasionally cause a home screen crash
Improves Touch ID fingerprint recognition
Improved performance for iPhone 4
Fixes display of Mail unread badge for numbers greater than 10,000
Continued user interface refinements

System Requirements
iPhone 4 or later
iPad 2 or later
iPad mini or later
iPod touch (5th generation)
Xerox Printer Drivers v3.0 for OS X
This download includes the latest Xerox printing and scanning software for OS X Mavericks, OS X Mountain Lion, OS X Lion and Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard.

System Requirements
OS X Mavericks 10.9 and later
OS X Mountain Lion 10.8 and later
OS X Lion 10.7 and later
Mac OS X 10.6
Epson Printer Drivers v2.17 for OS X
This update installs the latest software for your EPSON printer or scanner for OS X Mavericks, OS X Mountain Lion, OS X Lion and Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard.

System Requirements
OS X Mavericks 10.9 and later
OS X Mountain Lion 10.8 and later
OS X Lion 10.7 and later
Mac OS X 10.6
Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 5.04
This update adds RAW image compatibility for the following cameras to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11:

Fujifilm X-E2
Fujifilm X-T1
Nikon D3300
Nikon 1 AW1
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GM1
Pentax K-3

System Requirements
OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.5 w/ iPhoto 9.4.3 or Aperture 3.4.5
OS X Mavericks 10.9 w/ iPhoto 9.4.3 or Aperture 3.4.5
The next meeting will be held Thursday, April 24, 2014, 4:30 PM at the Langlois Library.
(subject to confirmation)
This Page Intentionally Left Blank

Q&A, General Discussion

Sunday, March 23, 2014

NCC-Mac March 2014 Meeting Announcement

The next meeting of the North Curry County Macintosh Users is Thursday, March 27, 4:30 PM at the Langlois Library. 


This month's topic is “This Page Intentionally Left Blank.” That’s a placeholder in case something interesting is announced at the Macworld/iWorld Expo this week. Otherwise I may just go on a rant about iTunes Match.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Outline of February 2014 NCC-Mac Meeting

Announcements
If you're a new attendee, please give us your email address so you'll be able to get meeting announcements. If you're a former Verizon email user, please give us your new address.
Some of Apple's software updated since our last meeting
Run Software Update or visit Apple - Support - Downloads
Boot Camp Support Software 5.1.5621
This download contains the Windows Support Software (Windows Drivers) you need to support 64 bit versions of Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 on your Mac.

System Requirements for 5.1.5621 (non LynxPoint):
MacBook Air (11-inch & 13-inch, Mid 2011)
MacBook Air (11-inch & 13-inch, Mid 2012)
MacBook Pro (15-inch & 17-inch, Mid 2010)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, & 15-inch, Early 2011)
MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2011)
MacBook Pro (13-inch,15-inch & 17-inch  Late 2011)
MacBook Pro (13-inch & 15-inch, Mid 2012)
MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012)
MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2012)
MacBook Pro (Retina, Early 2013)
MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2013)
Mac Pro (Early 2009)
Mac Pro (Mid 2010)
Mac Pro (Mid 2012)
Mac Pro (Late 2013)
Mac mini (Mid 2011)
Mac mini (Late 2012)
iMac (27-inch, Quad Core, Late 2009)
iMac (21.5-inch & 27-inch, Mid 2010)
iMac (21.5-inch & 27-inch, Mid 2011)
iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2011)
iMac (21.5-inch & 27-inch, Late 2012)
Boot Camp Support Software 5.1.5640
This download contains the Windows Support Software (Windows Drivers) you need to support 64 bit versions of Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 on your Mac.

System Requirements for 5.1.5640 (LynxPoint):
MacBook Air (11-inch & 13-inch, Mid 2013)
MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch & 15-inch, Late 2013)
iMac (21.5-inch & 27-inch, Late 2013)
iOS 6.1.6
This security update provides a fix for SSL connection verification.

System Requirements
iPod touch (4th generation)
iPhone 3GS
iOS 7.0.6
This security update provides a fix for SSL connection verification.

System Requirements
iPhone 4 or later
iPad 2 or later
iPad mini or later
iPod touch (5th generation)
OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 Update
This update:
Adds the ability to make and receive FaceTime audio calls
Adds call waiting support for FaceTime audio and video calls
Adds the ability to block incoming iMessages from individual senders
Improves the accuracy of unread counts in Mail
Resolves an issue that prevented Mail from receiving new messages from certain providers
Improves AutoFill compatibility in Safari
Fixes an issue that may cause audio distortion on certain Macs
Improves reliability when connecting to a file server using SMB2
Fixes an issue that may cause VPN connections to disconnect
Improves VoiceOver navigation in Mail and Finder
Security Update 2014-001 (Lion)
System Requirements
 OS X Lion 10.7.5
Security Update 2014-001 (Mountain Lion)
System Requirements
OS X 10.8.5
iTunes 11.1.5
This update fixes a problem that may cause iTunes to quit unexpectedly when a device is connected and improves compatibility with iBooks for Mac on OS X Mavericks.

System Requirements
Mac OS X version 10.6.8 or later
Windows XP Service Pack 2 or later
32-bit editions of Windows Vista or 32-bit editions of Windows 7, and Windows 8
Mac Pro SMC Firmware Update 2.0
This update is recommended for all Mac Pro (Late 2013) models.  
This update enables Mac Pro to enter Power Nap without running the fan for most Power Nap activities, and addresses a rare issue where a low-speed USB device may not be detected at boot.
The next meeting will be held Thursday, March 27, 2014, 4:30 PM at the Langlois Library.
(subject to confirmation)
Security Software?
avast! Free Antivirus 8.0

Q&A, General Discussion

Sunday, February 23, 2014

NCC-Mac February 2014 Meeting Announcement

The next meeting of the North Curry County Macintosh Users is Thursday, February 27, 4:30 PM at the Langlois Library. 

Now and then I get questions about what additional security software one should install on a Mac. This month's topic is “Security Software?” (The question mark is part of the topic title.)

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Outline of January 2014 NCC-Mac Meeting

Announcements
If you're a new attendee, please give us your email address so you'll be able to get meeting announcements. If you're a former Verizon email user, please give us your new address.
Some of Apple's software updated since our last meeting
Run Software Update or visit Apple - Support - Downloads
Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 5.03
This update adds RAW image compatibility for the following camera to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11:

Canon EOS M2

It also includes fixes that:
Resolve an issue that prevented lens correction from working properly with Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 images
Address a color cast issue on some Olympus OM-D E-M1 images

System Requirements
OS X 10.8.5 w/ iPhoto 9.4.3 or Aperture 9.4.5
OS X 10.9 w/ iPhoto 9.4.3 or Aperture 9.4.5
iTunes 11.1.4
This version of iTunes adds the ability to see your Wish List while viewing your iTunes library, improves support for Arabic and Hebrew, and includes additional stability improvements.

System Requirements
Mac OS X version 10.6.8 or later
Windows XP Service Pack 2 or later
32-bit editions of Windows Vista or 32-bit editions of Windows 7, and Windows 8
Epson Printer Drivers v2.16 for OS X
System Requirements
OS X Mountain Lion
OS X Lion
Mac OS X 10.6 or later
The next meeting will be held Thursday, February 27, 2014, 4:30 PM at the Langlois Library.
(subject to confirmation)
30 Years of Mac

Q&A, General Discussion

Sunday, January 26, 2014

NCC-Mac January 2014 Meeting Announcement

The next meeting of the North Curry County Macintosh Users is Thursday, January 30, 4:30 PM at the Langlois Library.

This month's topic should have been “Neat new stuff announced at this year’s Macworld/iWorld Expo.” Unfortunately they’ve decided to move the Expo to March, so I’ve had to go find something else to talk about.